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Dess's conduct in society towards any al Highness the Prince of Wales : individual, tending to establish the and as the wife of an Officer whom fact of a criminal intercourse, or im- our beloved King has honoured with proper familiarity.
a public mark of his approbation, and WILLOUGHBY. who is bound to the Royal Family by
ties of respectful regard and attach(The following document, which had not ment, which nothing can ever break, reached us last month, is however too inter
I feel it my duty to make known the esting to be omitted.]
Pri ess of Wales's sentiments and First Statement of LADY DOUGLAS conduct, now, and whensoever I may to the PRINCE of WALES. be called
upon. His Royal Highness the Prince of For the information, therefore, of Wales having judged proper to order his Majesty and of the Heir Appame to detail to hiin, as Heir Appa- rent, and by the desire of the Heir rent, the whole circumstance of my Apparent, I beg leave to state, that acquaintance with Her Royal High- Sir John took a house upon Blackness the Princess of Wales, from the heath in the year 1801, because the day I first spoke with her to the pre- air was better for him, after his Egypsent time, I felt it my duty, as a sub- tian services, than London, and it was ject, to comply, without hesitation, somewhat nearer Catham, where his with his Royal Highness's commands; military duties occasionally called and I did so, because I conceived, him. I had a daughter born upon even putting aside the rights of an the 17th of February, and we took Heir Apparent, his Royal Highness up our residence there in April, livwas justified in informing himself as ing very happily and quietly ; but in to the actions of his wife, who, from the month of November, when the all the information he had collected, ground was covered with snow, as I seemed so likely to disturb the tran- was sitting in my parlour, which quillity of the country; and it ap- commanded a view of the heath; I peared to me that, in so doing, his saw, to my surprise, the Princess of Royal Highness evinced his earnest Wales, elegantly dressed in a lilac regard for the real interest of the satin pelisse, primrose-coloured half country, in endeavouring to prevent boots, and a small lilac satin travelsuch a person from, perhaps, one day, ling cap, faced with sable, and a Lady, placing a spurious Heir upon the pacing up and down before the house, English throne, and which his Roy- and sometimes stopping, as if desirous al Highness bas indeed a right to of opening the gate in the iron railing fear, and communicate to the Sove- to come in. At first I had no conreign, as the Princess of Wales told ception her Royal Highness really De, “ If she were discovered in bring- wished to come in, but must have
ing her son into the world she mistaken the house for another per* would give the Prince of Wales son's, for I had never been made " the credit of it, for that she had known to her, and I did not know * slept two nights in the year she that she knew where I lived. I stood " was pregnant in Carlton House." at the window looking at her, and, as
As an English woman, educated she looked very much, from respect in the highest respectful attachment courtesied (as I understood was custo the Royal Family; as the daugh- tomary ;) to my astonishment she reter of an English Officer, who has all turned my courtesy by a familiar nod, liis life received the most gracious and stopped. Old Lady Stuart, a marks of approbation and protection West Indian Lady, who lived in my from his Majesty, and from his Roy- immediate neighbourhood, and who
was in the habit of coming in to see friendly attention to be paid; as I had me, was in the room, and said, “You never seen Sir Sidney Smith in my should go out, her Royal Highness life, until this period, when he bewants to come in out of the snow."
came, as it were, a part of the family. Upon this I went out, and she came When I returned to town, I told immediately to me and said, “I be- Sir John Douglas the circumstance of lieve you are Lady Douglas, and you the Princess having visited me, and have a very beautiful child; I should a few days after this, we received a like to see it.” I answered that I note from Mrs Lisle (who was in was Lady Douglas. Her Royal waiting) commanding us to dine at Highness then said, " I should like Montague House. We went, and of all things to see your little child.” there were several persons at the din1 answered, that I was very sorry I I remember Lord and Lady could not have the honour of present- Dartmouth, and I think Mr and Mrs ing the little girl to her, as I and my Arbuthnot, &c. &c. From this time family were spending the cold wea the Princess made me frequent visits, ther in town, and I was only come to always attended by her Ladies, or pass an hour or two upon the Heath. Mrs Sander (her maid). When I teld open the gate, and the Prin- Sander came, she was sent back, or cess of Wales and her Lady, Miss put in another room; but when any Heyman (I believe) walked in and of her Ladies were with her, we alsat down, and stayed above an hour, ways sat together. Her Royal laughing very much at Lady Stuart, Highness was never attended by any who being a singular character, talk- livery servants, but she always walked all kind of nonsense. After her ed about Blackheath and the neighRoyal Highness had amused herself bourhood only with her female at. as long as she pleased, she inquired ttendants. In a short time, the where Sir John Douglas and Sir Sid. Princess became so extravagantly fond ney Smith were, and went away, hav- of me, that, however flattering it ing shook hands with me, and ex- might be, it certainly was very pressed her pleasure at having found troublesome, Leaving her attendme out and made herself known. I ants below, she would push past my concluded that Sir Sidney Smith had servant, and run up stairs into my acquainted her Royal Highness that bed-chamber, kiss me, take me in her we resided upon the Heath, as he arms, and tell me I was beautiful, was just arrived in England, and hav- saying she had never loved any woing been in long habits of friendship man so much ; that she would reguwith Sir Jolin, was often with us, late my dress, for she delighted in and told us how kind he should think setting off a pretty woman; and such it if we could let him come to and high-flown compliments that women fro without ceremony, and let him are never used to pay to each other. have an airy room appropriated to I used to beg her Royal Highness not himself, as he was always ill in town, to feed my self-love, as we had all and from being asthmatic, suffered ex- enough of that, without encouraging tremely when the weather was fog- one another. She would then stop gy in town.
Sir John gave him that me, and enumerate all my good hospitable reception he was in the points I had, saying she was deterhabit of doing by all his old friends, mined to teach me to set them off. (for I understand they have been She would exclaim, Oh! believe me, known to each other more than twen- you are quite beautiful, different ty years,) and he introduced him to from almost any English woman : nie as a person, to whom he wished my your arms are fine beyond imagi
nation, your bust is very good, and the usual amusements were playing your eyes, Oh, I never saw such French Proverbs, in which the Prineyes - all other women who have cess always cast the parts, and played ; dark eyes look fierce, but yours (my Musical Magic, forfeits of all kinds ; dear Lady Douglas) are nothing but sometimes dancing, and in this mansoftness and sweetness, and yet quite ner, either the Princess and her Ladies dark. In this manner she went on with me, or we at Montague House, perpetually, even before strangers. I we passed our tinie. Twice, after remember when I was one morning at spending the morning with me, she reher house, with her Royal Highness, mained without giving me any preMrs Harcourt and her Ladies, the vious notice, and would dine with us, Duke of Kent came to take leave be- and thus ended the year 1801. fure his Royal Highness went to Gib. In the month of February, before raltar. When we were sitting at table Miss Garth was to come into waiting the Princess introduced me, and said in March 1902, the Princess, in one -Your Royal Highness must look at of her morning visits, after she had her eyes; but now she has disguised sent Sander home, said, “ My dear herself in a large hat, you cannot sec Lady Douglas, I am come to see how handsome she is. The Duke of you this morning to ask a great faKent was very polite and obliging, vour of you, which I hope you will for he continued to talk with Mrs grant me.” I told her, “ I was sure Harcourt, and took little notice, for " she could not make any unworthy which I felt much obliged; but she request, and that I could only say, persisted, and said-Take off your hat, “ I should have great pleasure in doI did not do it, and she took it off; but “ing any thing to oblige her, but I bis Royal Highness, I suppose, concei- “ was really at a loss to guess how I ing it could not be very pleasant to me, possibly could have it in my power took little notice, and talked of some to grant her a favour.” Her Royal thing else.
Highness replied, " What I have to Whenever the Princess visited us, ask is for you to come and spend a either Sir John, or I, returned home fortnight with me: you shall not be with her and her party quite to her separated from Sir John, for he may door; and if he were out, I went with be with you whenever he pleases, and her Royal Highness, and took my bring your little girl and maid. I footman; for we soon saw that her mean you to conie to the Round Royal Highness was a very singular Tower, where there are a complete and a very indiscreet woman, and we suit of rooms for a lady and her serTesolved to be always very careful vant. When Mrs Lisle was in waitand guarded with her; and when she ing, and hurt her foot, she resided visited us, if any visitor whosoever there, and Miss Heyman always was came to vur house, they were put in- there, and Lord and Lady Lavington to another room, and they could not have slept there. When I have any see the Princess, or be in her society, married people visiting me, it is betunless she positively desired it. How. ter than their being in the house, and ever her Royal Highness forgot her we are only separated by a small garhigh station and she was always for- den. I dislike Miss Garth, and she getting it;) we trust, and hope, and hates to be with me, more than what feel satisfied, we never for a moment her duty demands, and I don't wish lost sight of her being the wife of the to trouble any of my ladies out of
their turn. I shall require you, as We passed our time as her Royal lady in waiting, to attend me in my Highness chose when togetver, and walks; and when I drive out: write April 1813.
my notes and letters for me, and be in and said he had not heard of Miss the way to speak to any one who may Garth being ill, and was surprised. I come on business. I seldom appear was struck with Lord Dartmouth's until about three o'clock, and you seeming doubt of Miss Garth's illnes, may go home before I want you after and after, thought upon it. From the breakfast every day." I replied, that dinner we went at an early hour to being a married woman, I could not the opera, and then returned to Blackpromise for myself, and, as Sir John heath. During this visit, I was was much out of health, I should greatly surprised at the whole style not like to leave him ; but he was al of the Princess of Wales's conversaways so kind and good natured to me, tion, which was constantly very loose, that I dared venture to say he would and such as I had not been accusallow me if he could; and when he tomed to hear; such as,
incame home I asked him if I should stances, I have not been able to rego. Sir John agreed to the Princess's peat, even to Sir John, and such as desire, and I took the waiting. During made me hope I should cease to know my stay I attended Her Royal High her, before my daughter might be old ness to the play and the opera, [ enough to be corrupted by her. I think twice, and also to dine at Lord confess I went home hoping and beDartmouth's and Mr Windham's. lieving she was at times a good deal At Mr Windham's, in the evening, disordered in her senses, or she never while one of the ladies was at the would have gone on as she did. When harpsichord, the Princesscomplained of she came to sup with me in the Tower being very warm, and called out for ale, (which she often did) she would arwhich, by a mistake in the language, rive in a long red cloak, a silk handshe always calls oil. Mrs Windham kerchief tied over her head under her was perfectly at a loss to comprehend chin, and a pair of slippers down at her wishes, and came to me for an ex the heels. planation. I told her I believed she After
I attended her to the meant ale. Mrs Windham said she house. I found her a person
without had none in the house ; was it any education or talents, and without any particular kind she required ? I told desire of improving herself. Amongst her I believed not ; that when the other things whichi surprised me while Princess thought proper to visit me, there, was a plan she told me she had she always wanted it, and I gave her in hand; that Prince William of what I had, or could procure for her Gloucester liked me, and that she had upon Blackheath. We could not als written to him, to tell him a fair lady ways suddenly obtain what was wish- was in her Tower, that she left it to cd. Mrs Windham then proposed to his own heart to find out who it was, have some sent for, and did so ; it was but if he was the gallant Prince she brought, and the Princess drank it all, thought him, he would fly and see.
When at Lord Dartmouth's, his I was amazed at such a contrivance, Lordship asked me if I was the only and said, Good God! how could your lady in waiting, being, I suppose, Royal Highness do so? I really like surprised at my appearing in that si: Sir John better than any body, and tuation, when, to his knowledge, I had am quite satisfied and happy. I waitnot known the Princess more than , ed nine years for him, and never four months. I answered, I was at would marry any other person.
The Montague House, acting as lady in Princess ridiculed this, and said, Nonwaiting, until Miss Garth was well, sense, nonsense, ny dear friend. In as the Princess told me she was ill. consequence of the Princess's note, Lord Dartmouth looked surprised, Prince William actually rode the next
morning to the Tower, but by good fine speeches, either from the Prinfortune Sir Sidney Smith had previ. cess, or from her through others, that ously called and been admitted, and I was ready to laugh, and I only as we were walking by the house, said, “ We did not talk about much Her Royal Highness saw the Prince beauty, but my little girl was in coming, went immediately out of good health, and Her Royal Highsight, and ran and told a servant to ness was very obliging." say she and I were gone walking, as His Royal Highness was gone, the and we immediately walked away to Princess sent again for me, told me Charlton, having first, unperceived, every word he had said, and said, seen Prince William ride back again, “ He is a good man, and therefore I (of course not very well pleased, and took it as it was meant; but if Prince possibly believing I had a hand in his William had ventured to talk to me ridiculous adventure.) It seems he himself, I would certainly have boxwas angry; for soon after His Royal ed his ears : however, as he is so inHighness, the late Duke of Glouces- quisitive, and watches me, I will ter, came, and desired to see the cheat him, and throw the dust in his Princess, and told her, that his son eyes, and make him believe Sir Sid. William had represented to him how ney comes here to see you, and that very free she permitted Sir Sidney you and he are the greatest possible Smith to be, and how constantly he friends. I delight of all things in was visiting at Montague House ; that cheating those clever people.” Her it rested with herself to keep her ac speech and intentions made me seriquaintance at a proper distance, and ous, and my mind was forcibly struck as Sir Sidney was a lively, thought with the great danger there would less man, and had not been accustom follow to myself, if she were this kind ed to the society of ladies of her of person. I begged her not to think rank, he might forget himself, and of doing such a thing, saying, Your she would then have herself to blame Royal Highness knows it is not so, -that as a father, and an earnest and although I would do much to friend, he came to her, very sorry in. oblige you, yet when my own characdeed to trouble her, but he conjured ter is at stake, I must stop.
Good and begged her to recollect how very God, Ma'am, His Royal Highness peculiar her situation was, and how would naturally repeat it, and what doubly requisite it was she should be should I do? Reputation will not more cautious than other people. To bear being sported with. The Prinend this lecture (as she called it) she, cess took me by the hand and said, rang the bell, and desired Mr Cole Certainly, my dear Lady Douglas, I to fetch me.
I went into the draw- know very well it is not so, and thereing-room, where the Duke and Her fore it does not signify. I am sure Royal Highness were sitting, and she it is not so, that I am sure of. I have introduced me as an old friend of much too good an opinion of you, and Prince William's. His Royal High- too good an opinion of Sir Sidney ness got up, and looked at me very
Smith. It would be very bad in him, much, and then said, “ The Princess after Sir John's hospitality to him. I has been talking a great deal about know him incapable of such a thing, Tou, and tells me you have made one for I have known him a long time ; of the most delightful children in the but still I wonder too in the same world, and indeed it might well be house it does not happen. By this 50, when the mother was so handsome time I was rather vexed, and said, and good-natured looking."
Your Royal Highness and I think By this time I was so used to these uite differently.-Sir Sidney Smith